• Boris Johnson’s Visit To Burma A Stepping Stone For International Action On The Rohingya Crisis

    [13 February, London] The Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) has welcomed British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to Bangladesh and Burma on 11 February to press for international action on the Rohingya crisis. The visit was a stark reminder for the international community of the violence and atrocities taking place against the Rohingya people of Burma.

    Commenting on the visit, Kyaw Win, Executive Director of BHRN said: “This was an important visit by the UK’s Foreign Secretary. I welcomed Boris Johnson’s robust comments against the Burma military and civilian government during his visit. Johnson’s visit is timely as the UK and other Member States of the European Union deliberate their collective policy response to the crisis. Top of the agenda must be the need for smart and targeted sanctions by the EU against the military and its economic interests. It is only this form of assertive action that will force the Burmese authorities to halt its brutal policy against the Rohingya and other religious and ethnic minorities across Burma.”

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  • Myanmar Army Attacks on Kachin Civilians Must End

    8 February 2018, London – Since Jan. 25, the Myanmar Army has been engaged in an aerial bombardment of Kachin State’s Tanai Township, and carried out military strikes in and occupation of Kachin Independence Army-held areas of Sumprabum and Waingmaw townships. Shelling has displaced estimates of more than 3,000 civilians. Unable to flee, these villagers have been effectively trapped in the conflict zone. At least four have been killed, according to local media.

    While community-based organizations have negotiated the release of many of these individuals, Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) remains concerned by reports that the Tatmadaw continues to detain locals while releasing 1,000 migrant workers who had been employed in the mines of the resource-rich region.

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Mass Graves in Rakhine: The International Community Must Hold Myanmar Accountable

5 February 2018, London – On 1 February, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed evidence of five mass graves near the village of Gu Dar Pyin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Witness testimonies by Rohingya survivors indicate that the Myanmar’s military and Rakhine militias launched a mass attack against Rohingya villagers on 27 August 2017. Cell phone footage collected by AP shows corpses in the mass graves surrounded by acid.

“This news should shock the conscience" said BHRN’s Executive Director Kyaw Win. “These mass graves are part of a mounting body of evidence that the Myanmar military systematically attacked innocent Rohingya men, women and children. Soldiers were spotted buying acid two days ahead of the attack. The military clearly planned these massacres and took premediated steps to destroy the evidence.

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Police Killing of Rakhine Protesters Demands Investigation and Repercussions

19 January 2018, London -- The Burma Human Rights Network is calling for an investigation into the killing of nine ethnic Rakhine protesters in Rakhine State’s Mrauk U Township. Protests began after authorities canceled celebrations for the 233rd anniversary of Mrauk U Kingdom. Mrauk U Kingdom was a Rakhine kingdom which was conquered by the Burmese and resentments among Rakhine remain as many feel treated as second class citizens with little or no autonomy in Rakhine State. Protests reportedly turned violent as protesters numbering in the thousands gathered outside of Mrauk U Police Station and the district administrator’s office and attacked empty police vehicles. Police stated they initially fired into the air to disperse protesters, but then responded to attacks on police vehicles by opening fire into the crowd, killing nine and severely injuring at least 12.

“The use of lethal force by police was by all indications absolutely unnecessary and will only worsen tensions and distrust between ethnic Rakhine and the authorities. While rule of law is important to maintain, there appears to have been no need for civilians to die in order to achieve it,” said Kyaw Win, Executive Director of BHRN.

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Bangladesh-Burma Plan for Rohingya Refugees Risks Forced Repatriation to Indefinite Detention

18 January 2018, London, UK -- The Burma Human Rights Network is concerned that plans announced Tuesday, January 16th, by Burma and Bangladesh to repatriate Rohingya who fled from Burma to Bangladesh due to a campaign of ethnic cleansing may be subject to refoulement to camps where they will be held indefinitely with no prospect of enjoying even the most fundamental of human rights. The announcement stated that the two countries planned to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees over two years, with the process beginning next Tuesday. These plans were made without input from any UN agency or the Rohingya themselves, who largely oppose any repatriation until their security and human rights can be assured.

“Bangladesh and Burma are moving forward with a dangerous plan to repatriate hundreds of thousands of people, seemingly against their will, and with no concern for their most basic human rights. The failure of Burma and Bangladesh to consult with the UNHCR or the Rohingya community itself before going forward is a very troubling indicator of how little regard they have for the people who will be affected by these decisions. It is vital that the international community use all leverage it has now to ensure that any repatriation plan be done in coordination with the UNHCR and directly addresses concerns and grievances of Rohingya who have legitimate reasons to fear returning to Burma,” said Kyaw Win, Executive Director of BHRN.

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February 07 2018, 21:44
MONOLOGUE FOR TWO:
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
KYAW WIN

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